Opinion Line (Feb. 9)

02/09/2014 12:00 AM

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Take the handcuffs off our elected leaders to bring in new businesses. New business will create new jobs and tax revenue for our infrastructure. Support the existing companies that provide good-paying, stable jobs as well as give back to our community without fanfare. Think positively of Wichita and Kansas.

Still no progress on a long-term water solution, but City Hall is getting some rules worked up for new bids on other items. Good job, boys.

As Kansas becomes more like Texas, it is noticeable that Wichita is taking on a Houston persona and Lawrence is clearly Austin.

Voting against the farm bill doesn’t make any members of our Kansas delegation abdicators of leadership. Quite the contrary, they showed leadership by not voting for a bad bill just to get something done.

Is there any difference in CVS’ decision to stop selling tobacco products, an act of discrimination to tobacco users, and a bakery refusing to make a cake for a gay couple, an act of discrimination according to some?

I will never understand the liberals’ way of thinking: “Smoking cigarettes is bad.” “Smoking marijuana is good.”

Should Sam Brownback be addressed as “governor” or “the reverend”?

Almost two years in, and the GOP tax cuts are having no effect on the state’s economy. The GOP says it will take more time. A mere one month from the effective start date of Obamacare and the Republicans are howling how it has failed.

Thanks to Obamacare, Americans have even less incentive to work. The White House says people “would have the opportunity to pursue their dreams.” Translation: They can sit at home and watch while the rest of the country works to pay for their health care subsidy. This is somehow good news?

President Obama desperately wants to grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, believing that they will support his plans for massive expansions of government. A better idea is a lower level of immigration to tighten our labor market and make it easier for Americans to find entry-level jobs.

My great-grandparents – as well as a lot of yours’ – spoke foreign languages when they got here. That is what America is all about. At least Coca-Cola recognizes that “America the Beautiful” sung in native languages by immigrants is what this great country was founded on.

Of course English is the official language of the United States. It says so in the Constitution right after it names Christianity the national religion. Or maybe the Constitution you’ve read is different from the tea party version.

I am amazed at the negativity in response to the Coke ad. A similar ad years ago was met with a heartwarming response for its representation of unity. So what has changed in America? Feel pride in the multiracial influence that helped shape the America we so love.

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